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Let's Do It Again...

I've been officially working in the wedding industry for almost 1 year now and I must admit, it felt a little weird to be in front of the camera. However, I'm so grateful I went through with it! 

Just a little background, (if you read the IG post, feel free to keep it movin') ;) Erick and I got married on April 3rd, 2015. While I was ecstatic to be marrying the love of my life, I had recently been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that was extremely painful. Not to mention, the medication I was taking at the time wasn't working and made me gain over 50 pounds. I had to then undergo 8 chemotherapy sessions in total. During our wedding I was two weeks out of one treatment and two weeks away from another. Needless to say, it was a blessing that I was able to pull through given how extremely tired I was. However, I feel like I didn't get to be the "beautiful bride" I had always dreamed of. My family, friends, and now hubby, constantly told me how beautiful I looked and I wish I could have believed them. 

Full disclosure - every wedding I went to for the next year or so, I had at least one pity moment. I would allow myself 5 minutes be sad and even cry if I needed to. Then I would move on and truly enjoy celebrating the love of whoever's wedding we were attending. :)

Fast forward 2.5 years from our wedding day, I was feeling much better and the amount of medication I was taking had drastically decreased. My pity moments had also decreased and then a shift happened. Not sure exactly when or how, but I decided rather than to keep harping on the fact that I didn't have my "ideal wedding day," I should make it happen! 

So that's exactly what I did. To celebrate our 3rd year wedding anniversary, we re-took our wedding photos. Thank you to La Soie Bridal Salon for allowing me to use one of their beautiful gowns and Zha Zha for capturing this special day. It was truly a dream come true and if I'm 100% honest, I'm thankful everything happened exactly the way it did. 

All images courtesy of Zha Zha Design

Dessie Hammond